Neuroethics, Vol. 1, p. 145, 2008
4 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2009
Emerging technologies raise the possibility that we may be able to treat trauma victims by pharmaceutically dampening factual or emotional aspects of their memories. Such technologies raise a panoply of legal and ethical issues. While many of these issues remain off in the distance, some have already arisen.
In this brief commentary for the journal Neuroethics, I discuss a real-life case of memory erasure. The case reveals why the contours of our freedom of memory -- our limited bundle of rights to control our memories and be free of outside control -- already merit some attention.
Keywords: Memory, Neuroethics, Neurolaw, Memory Dampening, Freedom of Memory, Therapeutic Forgetting
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Kolber, Adam J., Freedom of Memory Today. Neuroethics, Vol. 1, p. 145, 2008; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 09-010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1374026